Sociology – Research Centers

Institute for Health Disparities Research (IHDR)


The primary mission of the Institute for Health Disparities Research (IHDR) is to reduce and eliminate health disparities in South Texas through integration of biomedical and socio-behavioral science approaches.

About the Institute

The Institute for Health Disparities Research (IHDR) is a newly established Institute at UTSA which advocates the integration of biomedical and socio-behavioral science research in addressing health disparities in South Texas and the nation. The Institute partners with local academic (UTHSCSA, school districts, etc.) and non-academic agencies (SAMHD, UHS, Texas Diabetes, Institute, etc.) to address the unequal distribution and prevalence of adverse health conditions existing in Texas and the nation.

Health disparities research and interventions are important for the city of San Antonio and could substantially improve the health and well-being of its citizens. UTSA as a major partner of this community could make an important contribution to health disparities research because of its unique strengths and areas of expertise which are not represented otherwise in the city.

Outreach Activities

See a list of outreach activities here.

Contact Us:

Director / Primary Contact
Thankam Sunil, Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Phone: (210) 458-5617


UTSA Mexico Center

Mission and Objectives

The UTSA Mexico Center, established in October 2005, is an umbrella organization within UTSA that connects existing Mexico-related expertise at UTSA through cross-disciplinary collaboration on research projects and activities.

The Center’s primary goal is to address and generate transnational dialogue and research on public policy issues that affect the people of Mexico and the United States in the hope that this dialogue will translate into bilateral and cooperative policy recommendations. The Mexico Center aims at shifting the emphasis in the discussion of key issues from political and unilateral to academic, analytical, and bilateral.

The University of Texas at San Antonio provides an outstanding location for a center that addresses crucial issues of how U.S. and Mexico policies and practices affect families and communities on both sides of the border. UTSA is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System and the fastest growing university in Texas. It is a key border/South Texas center of education, prominent for its inclusion of Hispanic faculty, staff, and students. A Hispanic-serving institution, UTSA provides education opportunities for large numbers of historically underrepresented students. Sixty percent of UTSA’s student body is comprised of minorities, forty-four percent of which are Hispanic.

To accomplish its goals, the UTSA Mexico Center collaborates with several Mexican or Mexico-related organizations and institutions both in Mexico and the United States. Among them are the quorumUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG), the Universidad de Chapingo, the Instituto de México in San Antonio, and Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (

Contact Us:

Phone: 210.458.2849
Fax: 210.458.2569

Mailing Address:

UTSA Mexico Center
501 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Monterey Bldg., Room 2.290
San Antonio, TX 78207

Physical Address:

301 S. Frio St.
Monterey Bldg., Room 2.260
San Antonio, TX 78207


Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI)

Mission and Objectives

The Bank of America – Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute is a University of Texas at San Antonio research center that supports the study of topics such as:

  • Infant Cognition
  • Early Language Development
  • Early Childhood Literacy
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Pediatric Obesity Prevention
  • School Readiness and Dropout Prevention
  • Community Development
  • Foster Care Youth and College Access Center

The Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute fosters cross disciplinary collaborations within the University and with research partners from the community, and will translate research results into policy recommendations.

The Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute funds student internships based on a $1,000,000 Endowment from the Bank of America. Allocations are for students working on projects at the CAPRI.

Contact Us:

Phone: (210) 458-2849

Fax: (210) 458-2569

Mailing Address:

Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute
Monterrey Building 2.260
501 West Durango
San Antonio, Texas 78207

Department of Sociology

Phone: 210-458-4620
Fax: 210-458-4619
Location: MS 4.02.66
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644